Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Jewelry Safety and Precious Metals

Since February 2009 the Federal government in the USA has required manufactures to have their products for sale to children tested for lead. 


I am often asked why I use gemstones and precious metals in my work.  Why not go the the local craft store and by the cheap stuff on sale?  I use precious metals gemstones in the creations of the jewelry because I make a quality product.  I want my work to last,; not be disposable junk you throw out after wearing once or twice.   Precious metals do not need certification at this point.  The materials used to create them are known.  For complete safety I do not sell or market my work as children's jewelry. 


For more information about safety in Jewelry and there hazards in our home. Made Safe
their blog on jewelry jewelry blog




I have often written about my process and the materials I use.  My precious metals blog Metals 101
Honesty and discourse of what someone is buying is a integral part of my business.  the earring bout have surgical steel earwires; as the copper patinas(turns green), your ears do not.  always tell people jewelry is a body decoration and do not swim or sleep in it.  


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Just finished reading this last week &  I am humbled.
when they call you a terrorist
a black lives matter memoir

Black Lives Still Matter!



Seeds of Kambaba in Sterling silver below.  One of my gavotte gemstones to cut.  



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Thursday, July 30, 2020

Wow August is Next Week

Feels like summer just began and it is almost August.  The isolation at this time makes time stand still some days.  Social distancing & safety are worth the pain some of us feel.  No able to put a lang post together this week.    



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Just finished reading 
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a black lives matter memoir

I am humbled.  



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Remember, stay safe, wear a mask, social distance in public, flatten the curve, stay home and use compassion.  





This is the last week of PRIDE in my City.  We are always celebrated in July.  I am in rochester NY.  this is the local organization whom celebrates pride 24/7/365 here.  
                   
                      LOVE IS LOVE






Monday, July 20, 2020

Celebration of Fruits

Happy Garden 


Celebration of Fruits in this happy garden.  The red & black raspberries are doing well.  Watering  them frequently helps.  Most years the first tomatoes are early July.  the wait on them had been LONG this year.  The darkness on the top of the fruit belongs.  these are Indigo Blue tomatoes from Harris Seed.  Surprised they are the first ripe fruits of 2020 on my tomatoes. We are growing 7 varieties of tomatoes this year. 






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My cucumber vines are extremely happy this years. They climb a trellis which is over four feet tall and they have completely overgrown.  This is necessary here in my Rochester, NY garden to keep mildew away and to keep slugs off my fruits.  Hope to have some to harvest in the next 10 days.  The two recent rains have helped with over 2 inches each in the past two weeks.  We use soaker hoses to keep the vegetable garden alts watered which keeps our water use to a minimum.  It gives a deep soaking on the roots of the plants and helps prevent issues from wet foliage. One of the smartest changes int he garden for us.  in under 2 hours we have the 12" by 35' garden watered.  during the heat wave we do this every other day. 



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Monday, July 13, 2020

2020 Events Artisit's Life

Any other year, this would be a time of year when I would share the success of the season so far.  This year was off to a fantastic start with my goal of participating in more events then ever before in a calendar year. 

 My success ratio was the best in several years and I had many new projects / designs in process.  the Winter was working well to develop the ideas & prototypes.  

Thanks to corona virus no live events / shows from March forward for the rest of 2020.  The beginning of this I spent two months unable to create.  60 days unable to do what I love.  that was HARD!

On the upside:  have a roof over my head,  food to eat, & great friends to talk to during this pandemic.   

I wish I could say I understand how the African Americans feel.  It is time we listen. Let our sisters & brothers take the  lead & show us what we can do to help them. 


I know we can fix this and become one nation again.  It will be a process and it will take time.  Be patient and show your LOVE of others now more than ever. 

DISCRIMINATION,
POLICE BRUTALITY
& RACISM are  WRONG. 


How do you help you ask?  >>>>>>>>>>>>
this is a problem we had had for generations and we need fix it NOW!





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Please join on on the 100 anniversary of the 19th amendment. Seneca Falls Revisited conference 2020.   We are doing a virtual party in 2020   It is an amazing collection of of topics & speakers. 
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Join your sisters and Celebrate this Centennial !

Friday, July 10, 2020

Garden Sauna


My garden has turned into a virtual sauna with the rolling heat waves of the late spring & early summer.  It seems fitting to share some of my drought tolerant plants whom love the HEAT. This is an outdoor hardy cactus  called an opuntia .  We have them in both a pink as well as this yellow blooming variety. We recently gave them more sun by removing a few evergreens that were growing between them.  As these pictures show they are quite happy with the change.  








Another of our summer lovers is the Sago Palm below.  This pic is of the new fronds it is growing this season.  the plant is over 20 years old.  In out climate it come indoors in the winter.  The fellow gardener in my house collects cacti & succulents.  We have them outside in the summer and several hundred of them move indoors for the winter.

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I am thankful for dear friends & family at this time to help keep us on track during this pandemic.  I have a weekly artist chat on zoom I host to allow a safe space for us to speak & share how we are coping.  Some weeks there is new art to look at while other weeks we are happy to have the group to discuss important topics.  Yes I am told there are FB groups but this is so remote and distant to me. this more personal and helpful to  us artists.  Keeping my schedule as regular as possible in the new world we live in has bolstered my creativity and I am now able to make some new pieces.  They will be added to my website and will be featured on Instagram first. 




Larimar in Sterling Silver
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Tuesday, June 30, 2020

100 Year Celebration

Please join on on the 100 anniversary of the 19th amendment. Seneca Falls Revisited conference 2020.   We are doing a virtual party in 2020   It is an amazing collection of of topics & speakers.
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My first time with this group was at the Rochester event in 2018.  It was a fabulous welcoming group of women.  I was proud to be part of the event in my home  town.  I learned so much and met so many fantastic and inspirational ladies. The event was the most educational and entertaining conference I have ever attended.  The best part was in was in Rochester, NY the home of Susan B Anthony  She is such a phenomenal role model.  I quote Miss Anthony often. 




Panda Wear created limited edition commemorative brooches for the events in 2018 & 2019.  For sale $19 each to honor 19th amendment. 100th anniversary 1920-2020 editions are in process.  Follow this blog to see their release date.

This is an original design  - I created the Susan B silhouette as well as designed the brooch.  the font is Bodoni which is from the early 1900's. It was a common font used in printed materials in Rochester, NY during Miss Anthony's fight for our right to vote.



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Monday, June 22, 2020

Summer Arrival in Rochester

Summer Arrival Weekend


Father's Day, Juneteenth and the Arrival of summer....3 important days in the year in one weekend.  I attended a fabulous Juneteenth celebration Friday night online.  It was amazing and inspirational. I Learned so much & enjoyed the celebration of this freedom day with the group. 

This organization hosted Welcome  

What is this you ask?  Juneteenth defined

This is something I know my father would support
BLACK LIVE MATTER always!



Garden

Spent my time watering the garden due to the semi-drought we are in.  I do not remember another June recently seeing the neighborhood lawns look so dry. We are having some extremes of weather in my city that challenge the garden.  Thankfully we have soaker hoses to keep the plants doing well.  These are a new surprise tomato, Indigo Blue Beauty from Harris seeds.Supporting local business is vital right now.  I have used primarily Harris seeds for over a decade. so my garden is celebrating this heat with some stunning yields. 
These are my greens  Kale,  collards& my brussels sprouts.  The lettuce is ding fantastic and my greens are growing quickly


. I kept my focus on forward because memories of Father's Day in my teens were hard.  I lost my Father to Cancer when I was 14.  This event forever changed my life and shaped me. At that time I was not ana adult so I recanted as one would expert in a teenage without an adult role model in my home.  Now as an adult, I understand much of what my Dad taught me and honored hm  by doing things I know he would be proud of.  Father's Day is always hard for me because I do not have him to spend it with. Oh  what I would give to be able to go on a hike with him again.  "Have you had your hug today?" he would often ask. For my dad, please hug those you love today and tell them how much they mean to you. 

 

 
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